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Watts began working in the film industry in 1960, after two years' National Service. His first film work was as a runner on the Boulting brothers production A French Mistress. Watts earned his union membership during two years as a runner, and later production manager, at a company based at England's Shepperton Studios which made TV commercials and documentaries. He then returned to feature films as a second assistant director on the film Man in the Middle.
During the 1960s, Watts worked extensively as a production manager and location manager, including on Darling (1965) starring Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde, the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice and Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Watts was employed by producer Gary Kurtz as production supervisor on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, having met Kurtz several years earlier in Los Angeles. Watts then enjoyed a long collaboration with George Lucas and Lucasfilm, working as associate producer on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and co-producer on Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi; and as associate producer on Raiders of the Lost Ark and producer on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He also worked on other Steven Spielberg-presented productions including as producer on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, and with Spielberg's long-term producer Frank Marshall on Marshall's second feature as director, Alive.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
- El Condor (1970)
- Papillon (1973)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (associate producer)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (associate producer)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) (co-producer)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
- An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
- Alive (1993)
- On Deadly Ground (1994) (executive producer)
- Adam Pirani, Robert Watts: Secrets of "The Temple of Doom", Starlog #94, April 1985, pp 23–26,62.
- Dennis Pellegrom, Star Wars Interviews: Robert Watts, Co-producer Star Wars. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
- Stuart Cummins, Interview: Robert Watts, Producer of Star Wars & Indiana Jones, whatculture.com, 25 May 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
- James Hoare, "Star Wars Interview: Robert Watts", SciFiNow, 25 September 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Jeremy Bulloch". Jeremybulloch.com.